Monday, 14 February 2000

From "Of Critical Theory and its Theorists"

By Stephen Eric Bronner.

Reification is based on rationalization. The two concepts, however, are different [...] Rationalization involves dealing with nature in an instrumental or mathematical fashion. Reification appears only insofar as purposive ends are denied and closed to critical scrutiny in the employment of such techniques. It is perhaps best illustrated by the "inverted" world of the commodity form wherein the subjects behind production are structurally turned into objects for the accumulation of profit hile capital, which is ostensibly the object of the undertaking, is turned into the subject supposedly generating the processs. Individuals are thus turned into "things;" their reflexive capacities are undermined along with their choices since concepts lose their historical character and assume a fixed and finished, or "natural," form.

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